Is Your Thyroid Gland Making You Fat?

Are you feeling frustrated by healthy diets that don’t seem to work? Have you been faithfully clocking hours in the gym yet put on pounds that can’t be explained? If you are sighing each time you step on the weighing machine – well, it’s a lot more than calories in and calories out.

The verdict: You may have a thyroid problem.

Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in your neck, just above your collarbone and just below your Adam’s apple. This gland produces thyroid hormone, which mainly helps control the rate at which your body burns calories – your metabolism (as well as your heart rate, body temperature, digestion, fertility, mood, and a host of other functions). When thyroid hormones become imbalanced — either too high or too low — chemical reactions all over the body are thrown off and your body functions go haywire.

If you are experiencing unexplainable weight gain, chances are you have an underactive thyroid or also known as hypothyroidism. However, if you are snacking on chips and gulping soda daily or if you are a frequent customer at fast food joints or if you are one of those who consider watching football as ‘exercise’, your thyroid is not to be blamed. You need a lifestyle change!

Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the body lacks sufficient thyroid hormone. Since the main purpose of thyroid hormone is to “run the body’s metabolism“, most people with this condition will experience slow metabolism. Hypothyroidism can lower your energy and make you feel sluggish and tired, hence less likely wanting to get up to exercise or even if you have the motivation and energy to do so, you still experience weight gain. Other symptoms of hypothyroidism include feeling increasingly tired (even in the mornings), dry skin and hair, hair loss, underactive bowel, intolerant to cold, puffy eyes or may even experience brain fog. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Are you always tired and lethargic?
  • Do you gain weight easily?
  • Do you suffer from chronic fatigue?
  • Do you have dry skin, and experience hair loss?
  • Do you suffer from constipation?
  • Do you have PMS or menstrual abnormalities? Is your libido low?

If you are experiencing more than one of the symptoms above, its best to see a doctor for consultation. The good news is that with proper nutrition and treatment, your hormone can be balanced and work normally in no time.

Make good nutrition and supplementation a consistent part of your life and make wise choices!

Start choosing whole foods for optimal nutrition and a high quality multivitamin-mineral supplement. Iodine and selenium are the most important thyroid supporters, but you also need zinc, iron, and copper. Iodine rich foods that nourish the thyroid are: fish and sea vegetables such as: arame, kelp, nori and wakame. Seaweeds are very nourishing to the glands. Zinc and copper are important in helping the body make thyroid hormone. Foods rich in zinc include: beef, oatmeal, chicken, seafood, dried beans, bran, tuna, spinach, seeds, and nuts. Foods rich in copper include: eggs, yeast, legumes, nuts, and raisins.

Eat your meals and snacks at regular times, and be sure to eat breakfast within an hour of waking. Missing meals or snacks can stress your thyroid.

Stress can be one of the contributing factors. Learning to trigger a relaxation response can help you better deal with stress, therefore help your thyroid. Yoga, Qigong and meditation are simple and effective ways to relieve stress by resetting your physical and mental reactions to the inevitable stress life will bring. Get enough sunshine! Adequate Vitamin D levels support a healthy immune function and calcium metabolism.

Imbalance hormones can cause emotional and physical distress. If you experiencing some of the symptoms mentioned above, it is best to get yourself checked out by a doctor.

For the month of August, NWC will be having a Basic Wellness Package where it will include Hormone Balance Assessment Test to help determine the hormone levels so assess excess or deficiency, and monitor hormonal fluctuations. To restore your hormones, we have an integrated approach to wellness with natural hormones. In addition to balancing the hormones, diet, a fitness program will ensure that you regain optimum health and wellness.

Also, if you are trying to shed those extra pounds, there is a Weight Loss Program which will be specifically costumed for individuals.

For more information on Hormone Balance Assessment Test or Weight Loss Program, please contact +603 62030980. Get rid of that extra weight today!

Hope to see you there,
Dr Nor

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